I have had a number of books now from LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers Programme, including The Spare Room, which I wrote about recently, so I wasn’t expecting to get any more for a while. But yesterday I received an uncorrected proof copy of Turbulence: a Novel of the Atmosphere by Giles Foden. Almost unbelievably, I received this only two days after receiving an email from LibraryThing that it was on its way!
Earlier in the week Maggie Dana asked if I would like a copy of her new book Beachcombing and that came one day last week as well. I have finished reading Beachcombing – more about that soon. I like getting review books, but I wish I could space them out at longer intervals – at the moment they’ve been like buses – none for ages and then several turn up at once.
I’m still reading another review book – When the Lights Went Out (see the sidebar) and I also have a few books I received months ago that I haven’t read yet. I did start them when they arrived but either because I was in the middle of other books, or because they didn’t match my expectations from their descriptions, I haven’t finished them. Or it could just have been that I wasn’t in the right frame of mind at the time to appreciate them.
Turbulence, on first glance, looks as though it’s one I’m going to enjoy, even though it’s a little different from the books I usually read. I requested it based on the description on LibraryThing, because I thought it looked interesting – about D-day and predicting the weather:
The D-day landings: the fate of 2.5 million men, 3000 landing craft and the entire future of Europe depends on the right weather conditions on the English Channel on a single day. A team of Allied scientists is charged with agreeing on an accurate forecast five days in advance. But is it even possible to predict the weather so far ahead? And what is the relationship between predictability and turbulence, one of the last great mysteries of modern physics? Wallace Ryman has devised a system that comprehends all of this but he is a reclusive pacifist who stubbornly refuses to divulge his secrets. Mark Latchford, a young maths prodigy from the Met Office, is sent to Scotland to discover Ryman’s system and apply it to the Normandy landings. But turbulence proves more elusive than anyone could have imagined and events, like the weather, begin to spiral out of control.
I just hope it won’t be too technical; I’ve already read a few words I’ve never come across before – “nacelle”: a cover for an engine and “katabatic” defined in the book as a “gravity-fed wind”. But the language is also poetic and reflective, so I have great hopes for this book.